It is my understanding that most of the people on these boards who left the LDS faith have joined the world. I am waiting for someone to tell me otherwise.
Hi Frank, You use some interesting terminology to express opinions based upon your own sentiments.
bcuzbcuz gave a good scenario of what you have subscribed to, yet you seem to write it off as if it is faulty, and that you are absolutely correct. And all non believers in the here-after are wrong and without faith?? Or so it seems that's the way you think. . .
Let me try, "...to tell you otherwise."
I graduated from Mormonism. Smarter, more experienced, more knowledgeable about LDSism & Christianity, than I was 30+ years before. I seldom look back with regrets. I/we willingly gave much, and got back huge returns.
You might wonder why we left??
Because Mormonism exposed/proved its self to be not what it pretended to be.
Mormonism is an insular society with an inflated opinion of itself & its supposed destiny. It is despotic, authoritarian & totalitarian, never professing any democratic activities... A one party system. . . It's their way or no way! LDS Templeism, IN MY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED OPINION, (IMSCO) is an entrapment that appeals to a particular mind set. That by its very creed and rituals is elitist and prejudicial to the extreme!
Much like Communism, an Atheistic party, Mormonism is a quasi Theistic system that has convinced its faithful, from day-one, that God directs this one special (true) church, and it only, by revelation to THE one Prophet on earth. This one being Thomas S. Monson. . .
The first prophet in this dispensation was Joseph Smith, Jr. (circa 1830)
"Joining the world..." Not sure what you mean by that? Generally speaking, I haven't met any Mormons, and I've met 1,000s, who are not worldly. LDS saying: "In the world but not of it!" OR trying for worldly success?? Like who isn't, eh?
Do you know of anyone, LDS or otherwise, who has followed Jesus' path to perfection: "Sell what you have & give the $$ to the poor!"
Maybe your "world" concept is more uniquely yours than you expect???
So Frank, I don't know if I was frank enough. But I tried to answer / explain that leaving Mormonism is usually done with much serious consideration. It's not something taken lightly. Especially by someone who has been a "Faithful Member" for several/many years.
When they don't return, I think you can be assured, that for them, 'leaving' was definitely the right thing to do. . . As well seeing the whole salvation/blood atonement and resurrection dogma as being fantasia and not contributing to the good life Jesus encouraged. "Know the truth and be free!"
Best regards & luck, Roger